Happy Chinese New Year! Best wishes to you and your family to continue enjoying a prosperous year of happiness, health and blessings while seeking our Father’s Kingdom.
Your help and support in the Children Ministry have made a difference in the life of our next generation of God’s children. We truly appreciate everyone’s willingness to step in and help out whenever needed. As our thanks to you, we presented a slide show of Children Ministry 2013 created by our talented teen student, Theresa Tan. If you missed the presentation at Church, please enjoy it at your own leisure: http://bit.ly/ChildrenMinistry-SJ-2013-Presentation
As we are celebrating our Mission Month, our missionary to Africa, Ms. Fina Linan, shares an inspiring story of students from Indonesia who are making a difference to Bibleless people group, the Taburta people. Read “What Friends Are For” below. Also you should not miss the opportunity in meeting with Rev. Don Richardson at the Mission Conference at GII SF on Saturday, Feb 22. My daughter, Tiffany, is looking forward to meeting him to sign her 5th grade Reading book “Peace Child” she studied about the 10/40 window.
Let’s continue the journey of our children through these activities:
Attending Sunday school ~ ATTENDANCE BONUS POINTS – Students who come every Sunday starting from September 1 until May 18, 2014 will receive extra 200 points.
Parent’s Night Out is provided by the Olive Garden on Feb 7. Olive Garden will pay for your babysitting at My Gym on the night of February 7, 2014 between 6pm-9pm if you eat at their restaurant. Space is limited and reservation is required through your local My Gym (http://www.mygym.com/locations ).
INDONESIAN EVANGELICAL CHURCH
CHILDREN MINISTRY MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – INN VISION
Teen students are invited to the InnVision ministry at 4 PM. InnVision
is the opportunity to help cook and serve food for the homeless. For more
information, please contact HariRediawan
First Sunday – FEBRUARY 2
“Across the Street and Across the Sea” is the theme of our mission month this year. Come and watch the flags parade of our Joyful Noise Children Choir that marks the openning session of the Mission month.
God bless the birthday student: Kayla Tan, Evangelina Azali and teacher Riawati Woen. The birthday students will receive 200 points which can be redeemed at the ARK Store on March 30, 2014
Second Sunday is MAKING A DIFFERENCE SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 9
Do you know that your letter has been making a difference?
Our missionary, Ms. Fina Linan, was very happy receiving your letters last year and she is hoping to receive more letters this year. Please write to her. As the reward, we will give ou an extra 10 points for writing a letter to her. We promise to mail it for you if you give it to your classroom teacher. Attached is the letter she wrote to some of you.
Third Sunday is SCAVENGER HUNT SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 16
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 – MISSION CONFERENCE at GII SF at 4PM
The speaker for children, Ms. May, is a missionary to Communist countries. She hopes that she will be able to return to do more work. May has taught the Kid version of “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” in the North Bay for several years.
Fourth Sunday is ATTENDANCE SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 23
The Attendance Sunday reward will be given to
students who come on all four Sundays in a row (on the first, second, third,
and fourth Sunday). The students will receive 10 extra points on the fourth Sunday
from the classroom teacher. We do not count the 5th Sunday.
GET INVOLVED IN CHILDREN MINISTRY
We welcome everyone to get involved in the
Children Ministry. If you think that God is calling you to serve Him through
the Children Ministry, please contact Clara Iskandar.
Your involvement will make a difference in the lives of our next generation.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witneses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” Acts 1:8
On Friday, January 10, 2014 10:17 AM, Fina Linan wrote:
“What Friends Are For” shares the inspiring story of students from Indonesia who, after hearing about the Taburta people, decided to set aside their pocket money and selflessly give it ot this Bibleless people group who are still waiting to hear God’s word in their heart language.
What Friends Are For INDONESIA
Keep smiling, keep shining
knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for
These are just few lines from an old song originally sung by Dionne Warwick.
This popular song,
sung by many, expresses the value of friendship. Some people say deep friendship can be felt only through direct interaction between people, but is it possible to enjoy true friendship without meeting face-to-face? Students from a Christian School in Indonesia have an answer to this question.
Students from Tangerang, Indonesia have friends whom they have never met.
Their friends live in Papua in the region of Taburta. Even if they’re separated by land and sea, distance was never a hindrance to their beautiful friendly relationship.
October 16, 17, and 18, 2012 are historic dates for their friendship. A team from Kartidaya introduced to the Tangerang students people groups needing God’s Word in their heart language. It was then that the students fell in love with the Taburta people.
Serafina, one of the 8th grade students, expressed her feelings during an interview: “I felt there was a connection when I learned that there are people who need Christ.”
Nathanael, a 12th grade student at that school said, “Frankly, I was surprised and amazed, that the Taburta people, whose population is only 300 people, have a great longing to know God in the language they understand best – their mother tongue. This is very important to them and therefore people like us need to help.”
Students from Tangerang showed their love for their dear friends in a practical way. They set aside a portion of their pocket money and sacrificially gave it to help meet the needs of their friends in Papua. Their prayer is that this blessing will somehow bring change in the lives of their friends. They believe that good friends will always want the best for their friends, especially for them to grow in the knowledge of God.
Nathanael, who has a desire to become a missionary someday, added, “I’m grateful for the calling to share God’s Word with the Indonesians. Knowing that there are still a lot of people who are hungry for God’s Word, I’m also grateful that I
have the opportunity to be involved in this great work”
Joshua, the youngest student there at the time, innocently said, “We are all God’s children, I will try to help as much as I can.” This young man who dreams of becoming an economist and minister hoped that the offerings given may be used for the translation ministry and help the Taburta people group believe in God.
These students together with their other fellow students not only prayed and willingly gave their money, but also made the effort to be an encouragement to the Taburta people whom they consider as friends.
Only God can make things possible, like the beautiful friendship between the students from Tangerang and the people of Taburta. They are friends of the same faith who equally want to know Jesus.